Book Review: Little Women

littlewomenLittle Women is at the top of my list of childhood favorites. I’m not alone, as almost every female friend and acquaintance I know says the same thing. Louisa May Alcott wrote this book in 1868. It was an instant hit and has continued to remain a hit.

It’s a story loosely based on the author’s own family experience. In it we find a family of four daughters (Beth, Jo, Meg and Amy). a mother (Marmee) and a father who is away from home as a civil war chaplain. In addition, we have Aunt March, old Mr Laurance, his grandson Laurie, John Brooks and so many more. This novel is rich with characters. 

The plot revolves around the daily activities of the four girls and follows them for several years as they grow from girls into women. Each of the four girls have different personalities, with strengths and weaknesses. I enjoyed reading how they were all so creative when it came to devising ways to entertain themselves and each other. One of the activities included a secret society, The Pickwick Club, or P.C. as they called it. Gardening was another activity. Each girl had her own quarter where she planted her favorite flowers. All that is, except for Jo, who liked to experiment with different flowers. The girls also had various chores and other jobs.

The book follows the girls with various friendships and as they contemplate marriage and what they will do with the rest of their lives. There are various issues in the book that I didn’t notice in previous readings. I liked the strong feminine determination they each showed. As a child I remember liking Jo because she was such a tomboy. I still like her for that. 

It’s been 140 years since the book first came out and it’s still relevant for today’s girls/young women. I was thinking about this book for my ten-year-old granddaughter but I’ve decided to wait a year or two. I’d recommend this for 12 and up.

This review of Little Women is the last book in my Childhood Favourite Reading Challenge. Tomorrow I’ll post my wrap-up of the challenge.

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6 Responses to Book Review: Little Women

  1. Beth F says:

    I loved Little Women — so glad that it still hold up. I haven’t re-read it for a number of years.

  2. Kathy says:

    Little Women is one of my all time favorites too. I don’t re-read many books, but I have to pick this one up every few years. Great review.

  3. I always liked the names in this book – except for Laurie – that was always confusing for me! (I think I’ve got it now!)

  4. stacybuckeye says:

    Congratulations on finishing your challenge! I signed up for my first 3 this year and haven’t completed any of them yet!

  5. Congrats on finishing a challenge!

    I remember that I first read Little Women because it was the fattest book in the young adult section at my library. I don’t think I would have picked it up otherwise. I loved it though, I wanted to be Jo so much! I loved how she just picked herself up and moved because she wanted to write. I still feel like I would relate to her if I read the book again.

  6. JoAnn says:

    I loved Little Women, too! Great review, and congratulations on completing the challenge. It must have been fun revisiting all those childhood favorites!

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